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Colorado College hockey offense continues to struggle

February 18, 2017 Updated: February 18, 2017 at 11:33 pm
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Broadmoor World Arena employee Will Sailor pours water over the CC Tigers logo at center ice Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Workers began flooding the arena floor Tuesday night to prepare the ice for the CC hockey season. Colorado College opens a Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Heading into Saturday's series finale, the Colorado College offense is near the bottom of the national rankings in scoring offense.

The Tigers are 57th (2.03 goals) out of 60 Division 1 teams in large part because CC has managed one goal or less in 12 of its 29 games, including three shutouts. CC has managed one goal in three-straight losses since a 3-0 home win over then-No. 12 North Dakota on Jan. 28.

CC averaged 1.97 goals last season.

"We still need to show more bite (on offense)," Tigers coach Mike Haviland said.

The CC power play is also 57th at 10.8 percent (16 for 148) despite recording a power-play goal in each of the past two games (2 for 9) - now 2 for 18 in the past five games.

Friday's power-play tally ended a Minnesota-Duluth streak.

UMD hadn't allowed a goal in The Broadmoor World Arena since the 2013-14 season - a shutout stretch that lasted 156 minutes, 56 seconds until Friday's power-play goal by Bryce VanHorn.

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Tickets to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff (league playoff semifinals, championship) go on sale Wednesday at nchchockey.com. . Former CC player Kurt von Steinberg's son Peter (Minnesota Magicians) was named to the North American Hockey League's Midwest division team in the league's Top Prospects Tournament on Feb. 27-28 in Plymouth, Mich. . Three of the top 10 Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalists (best high school player) are Minnesota-Duluth commits, not including coach Scott Sandelin's son Ryan, who is headed to Minnesota State. . Friday's win clinched home playoff ice for UMD as it battles No. 2 Denver for the league regular-season title. . UMD senior forward Alex Iafallo's assist on the game-winning goal Friday was his 100th career point (60 assists), making him the third active NCHC player to join the century club along with Omaha senior Austin Ortega and Miami senior Anthony Louis. . With Friday's win, Duluth improved to 13-1 in its past 14 games on Olympic-sized ice and 11-1-2 on the road.

JOE PAISLEY, THE GAZETTE

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